In 1923, Lusaka Central Prison was built to keep 200 prisoners. Its current population exceeds 1200. The prisoners are forced to sit up when sleeping, limbs weaved together in what they call “taka-taka”. One third awaits conviction. Some have been waiting for more than ten years.
William has entered his third year of waiting. He is accused of car theft and murder and faces a potential death sentence. What worries him more at the moment, however, is his daughter’s safety. His girlfriend, Mutinta, stopped visiting him six months ago and a rumor has it that she has left him for another man. If so, where does this leave his daughter?
Officer Hastings, who is in charge of the prison’s rehabilitation programs, manages to arrange a meeting between William and his girlfriend. For the first time in two years, they are able to sit and talk intimately, and the strong affection between the two former lovers is soon revived. They have a problem, however, because William’s girlfriend has indeed been married for more than two years now, mostly out of concern for their daughter, so that she can be taken good care off, attend a proper school, etc. Now, if William and Mutinta begin to meet behind the new husband’s back it could put the daughter in harm’s way, and what is the odds of William ever leaving the prison?